Post natal care

After baby is born

Where will your care be based?

If you have your baby at home, your midwife will make sure you and your baby are well before she leaves.

If you have your baby in hospital, immediately after the birth you will be made comfortable in the birth unit or delivery suite.  Your baby will be examined by the midwife and two identification labels will be checked with you before they are placed on your baby's ankles. These labels must stay on during your stay in hospital.

After an hour or so you and your baby will be transferred to the postnatal ward or you will be able to go home from the birth unit or delivery suite.

All babies will be offered a full examination (NIPE examination) within 72 hours of birth.  This is performed by a doctor or NIPE trained midwife and will take place in the hospital or your home.  If we are not able to perform the check before you leave the hospital, an appointment will be made for you to bring your baby to our midwife-led clinic.  You can find out more about this screening examination here (pages 36-39).

Visiting times

From Monday 11th February 2019 visiting time on MB2 (postnatal ward) will change to 3pm - 8pm for visitors.  Partners may continue to visit 24/7.  Children under 16 should be siblings of your new baby.

How long will you be in hospital?

If you have a straight forward birth you may choose to go home soon after the birth of your baby. 

If you have an instrumental birth or caesarean section the average length of stay is:

  • one to two days following an instrumental birth
  • one day following an elective caesarean under our enhanced recovery programme (if you have been previously assessed as suitable for early transfer home)
  • one to two days following a caesarean section

There are occasions when a mother and/or her baby may require a longer stay in hospital.  Your partner/support person is welcome to stay with you overnight.

Community - postnatal care

Community midwives (CMW) and maternity support workers (MSW) undertake your postnatal care in the community. It is usual to receive a home visit by your CMW the day following your transfer from hospital.  Your further plan for postnatal care will be agreed between you and your CMW/MSW to meet your individual needs. 

All babies require a blood spot screening test on their fifth day.  Information regarding this test can be found here (pages 44-49).

It is usual to be discharged from community postnatal care at around 10 days following the birth of your baby.  Your health visitor will contact you during this early postnatal period and arrange a visit.  They will be your continued contact until your baby is five years old.